Our next meetings

La Rencontre de Fontenay-sous-Bois 05-07/03/2015





Dear Madam, Dear Sir,


The Association of European Cities and Regions for Culture “Les Rencontres” is pleased to announce the organisation of its next conference “La Rencontre de Fontenay-sous-Bois” to be held in Fontenay-sous-Bois (in the vicinity of Paris) from 05 to 07 March 2015. It will be devoted to the topical theme of:



In a growing context of populist ideas and behaviours as well as inward-looking nationalisms in the European continent, this conference is aimed towards encouraging participants to consider migrations as sources for artistic enrichment and cultural impact for the European societies.


Every country has been characterised by its own migration history. More and more, migrants are becoming fundamental pillars of our feeling of multi-cultural citizenship. Thus, it is necessary to promote a constructive dialogue on cultural differences, emphasizing their value and their creativity, so as to reinforce social inclusion and to fight against discrimination and prejudices.


With this in mind, we organise “La Rencontre de Fontenay-sous-Bois” in collaboration with the Choreographic Development Centre du Val-de-Marne “La Briqueterie” on the occasion of the 18th Val-de-Marne Dance Biennale and in the framework of the European project “Migrant bodies”.


You can already download the Project outline of the conference, the preliminary programme and the practical information sheet. These documents will be frequently updated on our website.

You can register online here




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Les Rencontres' Shared Refounding Process

An Inclusive Consultation to Reforge the Organisation


2014 marks the 20th anniversary on the Association. Twenty years of rencontres, of course, but also of exchanges, debates, discoveries and projects.


Twenty years that have created strong bonds between the members of the network.


2014 is a year of renewal for Les Rencontres. The creation of a stable and creative future depends on the analysis of past years and, most importantly, in the case of a network, can only be done collectively.


The Association has started this large re-foundation process, paying a particular attention to the opinions of its members, in order to build a future suitable for all. Without ever questioning the essence of its activities, Les Rencontres wishes to give itself a new lease of life to continue to create bonds, beyond borders, always more effectively.


The Refoundation process is built on a 6 steps calendar. Discussions in Brussels, sending of a questionnaire, gathering of answers, meeting during the Rencontres of Umeå, drafting of new statutes then a General meeting at the European Campus in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais and a vote: the re-foundation has run all year. The most recent stage of this process has been the election of a new Chairman: Mr. Michaël Moglia, Regional Councilor, Chairman of the “Finances, Staff, General Administration, Communication” Commission, in the Nord-Pas de Calais Region, France whereas Mr. Roger Tropeano was named the Honorary Chairman of the Association.

Our last meetings

European Campus of Local and Regional Authorities for Culture 2014




Gathering elected leaders and professionals from local and regional authorities, artists, intellectuals, researchers and civil society representatives, the "European Campus" project's purpose is to think together and deepen our understanding of current and future topics in the fields of local and regional cultural policies, cultural cooperation and artistic creation in Europe and beyond.

The 3rd European Campus of local and regional authorities for culture took place in the Nord-Pas de Calais Region, France from 5 to 8 November 2014.

The main theme was:


Can Culture and Local and Regional Authorities Lead Europe Out of the Crisis?

The Example of the Nord-Pas de Calais Region


More than three decades ago, Pierre Mauroy (1928-2013), Former Prime Minister of France and Mayor of Lille, a visionary man with a strong political will, bet on Culture and obtained significant results.


In times of financial difficulties for local and regional authorities all over Europe, the Campus appeared as an occasion to draw concrete answers to current issues; to bring leads for initiating and consolidating projects; and to discover the strategies of the Nord-Pas de Calais Region.


You can download the programme. Please click here to read the invitation message by Michaël Moglia, Regional Councillor and member of the Board of the Association Les Rencontres.

Les Rencontres d'Umeå (26-29 May 2014)





In Umeå, the northernmost European Capital of Culture since the creation of the title in 1985, we focused on cultures and creativity in Northern Sweden. Located on the Arctic circle, this region is characterized by great spaces and extreme conditions, dynamic and creative cities and the presence of the Sami, the indigenous people of Scandinavia who live in a wide area encompassing the north of Sweden, Norway, Finland as well as the Kola peninsula in Russia.

Researchers, representatives of associations and cultural structures, politicians and artists offered us an insight into the Sami culture, presenting its specificities but also the challenges which have to be taken up to preserve this culture and keep it alive. We also get to know the highlights of Umeå 2014, the city’s perspectives of cultural development beyond, local and regional cultural policies as well as innovative and creative projects.

The Sami calendar gives its rhythm to the programme of Umeå 2014, and our meeting took place in the season of returning, Spring. We took advantage of the profusion of cultural events in the city to discover Västerbottens Museum (ethnographic museum tracing the history of the Sami culture), the Bildmuseet (museum of contemporary art), the Institute of Design, Umedalen Sculpture Park (one of the most prestigious in Europe), the House of Music..


2014 being the year of the Refounding of our network, a Board meeting and an extraordinary general meeting took place on this occasion. The new bylaws of our association and Les Rencontres' Charta were on the agenda.

For more information, you can download Les rencontres d'Umeå's programme.


Les Rencontres d'Umeå were organised in collaboration with Umeå 2014, the City of Umeå and the Västerbotten Region.


La Rencontre de Bruxelles, 5-7 February 2014




This conference had a strong symbolic value for us: Les Rencontres Association celebrates this year its 20th anniversary. 20 years of meetings, exchanges, debates, artistic experiences, cultural projects... creating and consolidating links between the members and the partners of the network. The programme was composed by conferences, speeches and debats, as well as visits and activities to discover key cultural insitutions or projects.


We gathered in Brussels, longtime member of Les Rencontres, a city particularly involved in promoting arts and cultural projects, both at the local and European levels. Brussels is also seat of other members of Les Rencontres which supported the organisation of our meeting: the Frenchspeaking Community Federation , the Frenchspeaking Community Commission and the Atomium .


Through the years, the Association has worked on creating strong and pertinent ties between culture and territories, implementing a real European cultural cooperation through actions that have forged the identity of our network. Though it is important to reflect on this deciding past, the Association also considered its future.


Beyond a simple anniversary, 2014 is marking its renewal.

 Programme      List of participants (as of 04/02/2014)

European Campus of Les Rencontres - Tampere, Finland


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The second edition of the European Campus of Les Rencontres took place in Finland, on the invitation of the City of Tampere, from 18th to 21 September 2013.



The unifying theme of the European Campus was "Culture and social innovation".

Indeed, the specificity of this Campus was its focus on the strengths of Finland in the fields of education, creativity and innovation, quality of life, citizen participation, social cohesion, among other positive facets, in relationship with the cultural policies of Finnish local and regional authorities, and putting these dimensions in a European perspective.

We associated the theoretical and practical analysis of these policies with:

  • - the reflection axis of our European Campus, which is the contribution of local and regional cultural policies in the Europe 2020 strategy, and
  • - our field of action, which is the promotion of cultural co-operation between local and regional authorities in Europe.

You can download the Project outline of the Campus (a detailed document on the background and context of the conference, its goals and expected results), the practical information sheet and the final programme


Les Rencontres' Side Event on the occasion of the "11th Open Days"

As you most certainly know, from the 8th to the 10th October is held the 11th Week of Regions and Cities: Open Days in Brussels. This event, organised by the Committee of the Regions and the European Commission's DG for Regional Policy, has become a European networking platform for experts in regional and local development. Over the years, the OPEN DAYS has grown into the key event on EU Regional Policy. It welcomes some 6 000 participants in over one hundred workshops.

On this important occasion, we organised a Side Event consisting of 2 roundtables that were held in Brussels on the 8th October morning. Their overall theme was: European Cities and Regions and their cultural policies for local and regional development in a Europe 2020 perspective. The two roundtables took place in the beautiful location of the Brussels City Hall on the Grand Place. In the afternoon our Ordinary General Meeting also took place there.

Here is the programme of the Side Event:

Les Rencontres de Marseille-Provence













La Rencontre de Fingal / Dublin, 7-10/03/2013
European Campus of Local and Regional Authorities for Culture, Paris - 21-24/11/2012
The Association of European Cities and Regions for Culture 'Les Rencontres' organised the first edition of the 'European Campus of local and regional authorities for Culture' in Paris from 21 to 24 November 2012. This was a new initiative in the evolution of Les Rencontres' activities: a forum dedicated to reflection and discussion between various stakeholders in the sphere of Culture.
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In the framework of this Campus, local and regional elected officials in charge of culture, professionals, intellectuals, researchers and artists met in a creative and relaxed atmosphere to brainstorm and delve deeper into issues concerning cultural policies, co-operation and artistic creation.

What is the role of the cultural policies of local and regional authorities in achieving the Europe 2020 Strategy? This was our central question at the conference. Our hypothesis is that the local and regional authorities' contribution has neither been sufficiently examined nor debated, despite the current - and potential - impact of their cultural policies on achieving a smarter, more sustainable and more inclusive growth which is the ambition of the Europe 2020 Strategy.


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